Selected Culinary Awards

  • Darra received the 2012 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Publication of the Year for Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. The journal shared the prize with Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs’s Food 52.
    The awards committee cited the journal for “proving that food can be the catalyst for meaningful and serious discussions about culture, history, literature, art, and politics. Founding Editor Darra Goldstein has turned her enthusiasm for food into a substantive and intelligent publication that influences us all. In addition to editing Gastronomica, Darra is a Professor of Russian at Williams College. She is a quintessential example of the diverse and unexpected personalities you’ll find talking about food at Gastronomica, where poets, artists, professors, opinion makers, and pundits bring a stimulating breadth of perspectives to the table. In our digital age of fleet tweets, trendy  headlines, and the battle to grab readers’ attention in an increasingly crowded space, Gastronomica reminds us that curiosity, hard thought, and great writing are award-worthy values.”
  • “Best Food Magazine in the World,” for Gastronomica, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2010.
  • Nominee for Baking Boot Camp, IACP award for best cookbook, compilations category, 2008.
  • Saveur 100, for Gastronomica, 2008.
    “53: Brain Food. Part high-brow food ’zine, part scholarly journal, the quarterly publication Gastronomica has been at the top of our bedside reading pile since its inception, in 2001. Rarefied but unpretentious, each issue is an artfully curated collection of essays, poems, art, and journalistic reportage. Whether it’s an article titled “Labor, Migration, and Social Justice in the Age of the Grape Boycott” or a tribute to the artist Vik Muniz’s portraits of children rendered in sugar, Gastronomica‘s fare never fails to nourish us.” | View Website
  • UTNE Independent Press Award for Social/Cultural coverage, for Gastronomica, 2007. | View Website | View Press Release
  • Prix d’Argent for Culinary Cultures of Europe, Gourmet Voice World Food Media Festival, 2006.
  • Honorable Mention for Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005,in the Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue category, Association of Art Museum Curators, 2006.
  • Best Culinary History Book, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, for Culinary Cultures of Europe, 2005.
  • Prix d’Or for Gastronomica, Gourmet Voice World Food Media Festival, 2004. (See image at right.)
  • Finalist, M.F.K. Fisher Award, Les Dames d’Escoffier, 2002.
  • Bronze medal for Gastronomica, Best Food Magazine, Jacob’s Creek World Food Media Awards, 2001.
  • Sophie Coe Subsidiary Prize in Food History, the Oxford Symposium on Food History (for “Is Hay Only for Horses? Highlights of Russian Vegetarianism at the Turn of the Century”), 1997.
  • IACP Julia Child Award for Book of the Year (for The Georgian Feast). Also awarded Best International Cookbook, 1994.
  • Finalist, Tastemaker Award for Best International Cookbook (for A la Russe), 1983.